Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.
About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young
For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.
BRISTOL, R.I. – What started with a weeklong series of events and activities inspiring social awareness and activism at last fall’s Social Justice Week is now reaching across campus to include more than 30 student groups, academic and administrative departments to work together on a movement creating social change and equity for all members of Roger Williams University. From courses such as Writing for Social Change to events like Leadership Unity Day, individual campus groups have already been encouraging more diversity, tolerance and cultural sensitivity – but this semester, an initiative was launched to establish a campus-wide culture of social activism and inclusion.
When acclaimed journalist David Wilson traced his genealogy to North Carolina, he not only discovered the plantation where his relatives were enslaved, but also a descendent of the slave master: a 62-year-old white man named David Wilson.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Well into the second year of Affordable Excellence, what began as an engaging dialog about the issues of cost, debt and jobs in higher education has taken root at Roger Williams. Ideas have been put into action via Community Partnerships Center projects, University-wide efforts to best prepare students for careers and competitive job markets and strategic initiatives to both freeze and guarantee tuition for as long as fiscally possible.
Fifty years ago, in a tumultuous period in U.S. history, the Supreme Court of the United States decided New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, granting the press substantial protection from the chilling effect of lawsuits seeking large damage awards for unflattering news reports. This symposium brings together a remarkable collection of law professors, First Amendment lawyers, journalists, and a leading federal judge to assess from various perspectives, both domestic and international, whether 50 years later the Times decision justified the reaction of Professor Harry Kalven at the time — that it was an "occasion for dancing in the streets."
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address by Judge Robert Sack, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and media law expert
10:00–12:00 p.m. Panel - NY Times “in theory”
1:30-3:30 p.m. Panel – NY Times “in practice”
BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of a comprehensive strategy for confronting the most pressing challenges facing America’s law schools – the cost to earn a law degree; rising student debt; and the job readiness of graduates – Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish announced today that the University has expanded its signature Affordable Excellence initiative to its School of Law.
Simultaneously, Farish named Michael J. Yelnosky – a founding faculty member, former associate dean for academic affairs, and key leader in Roger Williams University School of Law’s two-decade legacy as Rhode Island’s only law school and as a leading institution in Southern New England – the School’s next dean. Yelnosky will succeed David A. Logan, one of the nation’s longest-serving law deans, when Logan steps down this summer to return to teaching at RWU Law.
BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee awarded $12,460 in grant funds to eight nonprofits and local organizations in December.
The awards conclude the 10th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $145,436 to support nearly 100 projects and initiatives.
The FCA is part of the 20-year PILOT agreement established in 2007, under which the University makes an annual voluntary payment of $150,000 to help offset the cost of emergency services provided by the town. Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this grant cycle includes:
“That kind of singing is so fabulous. It truly just goes all the way up to the ceiling of the atrium – over the top and to the roof. When the sound comes out of Prism of Praise, it just takes your breath away,” said concert co-organizer Rev. Nancy Soukup, director the University’s Spiritual Life Program.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Would you like homefries with that is not a question students often hear uttered by the Roger Williams University President or the Dean of the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, but it’s all part of the fun and tradition of Late Night Breakfast.
The night before finals begin at the end of each semester, the University provides a nighttime buffet of breakfast favorites to fuel students for the challenging week of exams ahead (as well as an entertaining diversion from cramming) by having faculty and staff dish up the meals. Sponsored by the Inter-Residence Hall Association and supported by the Dining staff, this campus tradition is a favorite among students.
From students in wacky costumes (part of the night’s excitement) to lots of shared laughs, view a photo slideshow below of Wednesday’s Late Night Breakfast:
The College and University Research Collaborative – a statewide public/private partnership that connects public policy and academic research via Rhode Island’s 11 higher education institutions – has awarded research grants to RWU faculty members Gilbert Brunnhoeffer, Matthew Gregg, Rupayan Gupta and Linda Riley.
Each of these faculty members has formed cross-institutional research teams with scholars from other academic institutions to complete projects related to the Collaborative’s current research areas.
Gregg and Gupta – economics faculty members at Roger Williams – are working with Michelle Bach-Coulibaly of Brown University on a project titled “Measuring Successful Arts and Culture Strategies.” The effort will comparatively analyze a set of successful arts initiatives in the U.S. and will provide a series of criteria to measure arts and culture policy success in Rhode Island.